A miracle happened this week…………..I finally finished my Rowan Colourscape cardigan!
I can’t really believe it’s done. I think this was (that feels so nice to say, aah was!) the oldest unfinished project I had so it’s a big relief to say the least.
I can’t even remember when I started the cardigan it was so long ago……..2010 maybe?! What I do know is that it has been lying around making me feel guilty ever since.
I was inspired to start said project after setting eyes on the beautiful colourscape wool. I can’t begin to tell you how much I love this wool, the minute I saw it I knew I had to have it. So I sought out the Colourscape Folk pattern book and settled on the Naomi cardigan in ‘spring’.
Fast forward two years and seeing the wool all knitted up in a magnificient colourscape robe at the Kaffe Fassett exhibition reminded me that I had to finish it.
I can’t say that there was anything other than procrastination and a little lack of motivation that prevented me from doing so. The pattern was easy enough to follow even for a beginner like me and the wool was a dream to knit with (especially on my ace bamboo needles).
So pretty much I didn’t have a problem with the process except when it came to the end and having to sew it together. I finally got round to looking that up and had almost finished when I decided that it would be a good idea to try and reattach the neckline because it seemed to fit a little oddly. Anyway I started, it didn’t work, it sat in a corner for the following months. This left me feeling a little despondent. After all that time and effort I didn’t want to be lumbered with something unwearable…… this was not an option….I mean have you seen the price of the wool?!
Anyway I ended up sticking with the pattern and restitched the necktie then took the advice of For the Knit of It and soaked it then blocked it. I didn’t really believe this would make much of a difference, but how wrong I was. Before the cardigan was a little uptight, but after its bath the wool relaxed, feeling softer and much more wearbable, plus the wierd bits weren’t so noticeable, yipee ….a triumph!
One thing I will say is it’s a little on the large size as I have lost at least a stone since I started making it. I made it in a medium, but I think a small might be better especially as I have very narrow shoulders. Nevertheless overall I’m very pleased with my first ever knitted top. I may even consider making another, gasp!
Before I go………….
I would just like to say thank you very much to Emma at Cotton Happy Days for featuring my blog on her Saturday spot. It’s so nice to know someone enjoys reading Cloud CouCou. Emma’s a fellow new crafty blogger, why not stop by her blog and see what she’s up to.
That’s it for now!
Stunning! Those colors. Oh my! I’m glad the blocking helped!
It’s beautiful, well done. I love the colours.
Thank you, it took long enough!
Wow. You did a great job. And I just LOVE the colors.
Just gorgeous – really love the colours! Thanks so much for linking up this week.
Wow, great job! I love how it came together with the colors…just beautiful. Visiting from “Let’s Get Acquainted.”
A very cute cardi! I’m a TRUE BELIEVER in blocking. It won’t fix all the problems but it will help a lot of them. I’m a sewer-knitter too, so I’m quite happy to make your acquaintance. 🙂
OMGoodness – that is the prettiest colour combination I have laid my eyes on. I can see why you so had to have it. I have said it before, and I’ll say it again – so wish I could knit!!! Awesome cardigan. Visiting from ‘Let’s Get Acquainted’.